Viaducto de la polvorilla, San Antonio de los Cobres

One of the highest viaducts in the world and a highlight of the "Train to the Clouds" rail tour, Viaducto de la polvorilla stretches across the valley at 223 m (732 ft) long, reaching a maximum height of 63 m (207 ft). The bridge's dark grey steel stands out against the rocky desert foreground. Several triangle shaped columns support the bridge, filled with support beams in a web like pattern. The bridge is not exclusive to the train tour-- hiking along the Toro River through the mountains provides a more adventurous route. Use our San Antonio de los Cobres trip maker tool to visit Viaducto de la polvorilla on your trip to San Antonio de los Cobres, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A beautiful piece of engineering having regard to that ever nearly a century. The look is very nice. You can see the eternal snow in some mountains. This at a height of 4220 metres. Very pretty!
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  • Designed by an American engineer in 1938, constructed by the shipyards of Monfalcone and transported here in pieces by boat and road, this impressive railway viaduct-built to the beauty of 4200 meters above sea level! -allowed to combine comfortably Jumps with the ports of Chile; tall is 64 meters long and 240. The path of the binary has a radius of curvature of 200 metres in altitude: West is higher than 4.5 metres compared to the East. Could use for decades as a terminal of the train to the clouds, but that its use is constantly re-discussion, given the problematic status of the rest of the railway line. Is best viewed from below that the train!
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  • Engineering work on the height that is impressive to the eye. If one does the train to the clouds it is surprising but also recommend doing it on the ground and reach to be able to appreciate the work.
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  • Viaduc really impresive! The way up is awesome!
  • A long long road to see this wonderful viaduc in marvellous landscape!
  • If you're the North impossible not to go. Consider that when you buy the ticket on my train before boarding four people pay three. Not they'll say in the offices of Salta. Selling souvenirs, if you follow the North do not buy anything. Everything is cheaper to keep going.
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  • A very exciting experience! The tour ends there. The train runs through it's round-trip and exchanged seats so that all can see. There is made a stop and is hiza flag. It is a very emotional moment.
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  • The la Polvorilla Viaduct is an amazing place, a tremendous construction really. It is very close to San Antonio de los Cobres just 15 minutes from there. Take the necessary precautions so that the height does not affect health (it is at an altitude of 4,000 m). This is one of the many viaducts that used the railroad to carry or bring cargo to Chile. There is a tour by train of the clouds, I've not done it, for the price that has, but if there more comfortable excursions like them I think that they should be.
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